Good morning, after completing my morning routine of drinking coffee and watching the local and then national news I cannot help but think the world would be a better place if we made it a point to be kind to one another. I read again this morning the great Apostle Paul’s statement to the Church at Ephesus. He said, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Many have written about this before. There is a line in an old Don Henley song that says:
I am wondering where honor has gone?
Has anyone seen this virtue lately?
Our country is in a hot mess these days, and because of selfishness and self-centeredness, I cannot see things drastically changing in the coming months. I believe in the Holy Scriptures and am very thankful that God is in control and Sovereign. But I also think that He is not very happy with us as a group of people right now.
I have been in ministry for a long time. While there are benefits for longevity, there are also some pitfalls. I want to address one of the traps. I was reminded early this morning about the need for intense prayer. Let’s get real for a minute. Any believer worth their salt know about and understand the importance of prayer. Many times because of busyness we allow this critical function to fall by the wayside. I want to present to my readers this morning that daily prayer is much more than knowing about and recognizing the need for powerful prayer. Many believe that the demise of our great country began when prayer was taken out of our public school systems. My friend Mike reminded me this morning that the problem started when we took prayer out of the church. We pray, but we have made it part of our program. We often run through it quickly to allow us time to accomplish other things. Friends, we need to hear from God. Hearing from God is vital!
I love this beautiful old song. It is a reminder to me each day to consider the simplicity of my relationship with Jesus. I can go back to the time when my life was radically changed because of my faith. This event brings peace and comfort to me when my soul is troubled. All I have to do is trust in Him.
I love dreamers…
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
This morning I want to share a recipe for peace. Because so many are looking Peace, it is a concept that everyone is seeking. Peace implies unity and order. It is much more than a feeling. Peace is a state of mind, and it is a way of life.
I am reflecting this morning as the rain falls on this raw day in North East Florida. I am thinking about this particular day that lives on in infamy. History proves to us that 76 years ago today, this great nation engaged, faced insurmountable challenges and began the process of overcoming.
God has got this. He has your life in the palms of His sovereign and robust self. I read yesterday that more people commit suicide in December than any other month. This fact is crazy. I want to encourage you this morning to simply Chill out! Don’t let the pressure of this holiday season stress you out. The Christmas season has been set aside to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, not to cause undue anxiety on you.